Oklahoma Jewish Film Festival opens here October 19

The no-profit Circle Cinema, Jewish Federation of Tulsa, and The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art present the Second Annual Oklahoma Jewish Film Festival (OJFF).

The OJFF is a four-day celebration of Jewish Film.

“Our goal for the second annual Oklahoma Jewish Film Festival is to select quality films ranging from comedies to dramas to documentaries that would entertain and engage a broad audience,” said Drew Diamond, executive director.

The movies are:

  • Dough on October 19 at 6 p.m.
    Curmudgeonly widower Nat Dayan obstinately clings to his way of life and his livelihood as a kosher bakery shop owner in London’s East End. With a dwindling clientele and the pressures of encroaching big box stores, Nat reluctantly enlists the help of teenager Ayyash who has a secret side gig selling marijuana to help his struggling immigrant mother make ends meet. When Ayyash accidentally drops his stash into the mixing dough, the challah starts flying off the shelves and an unlikely friendship forms between the old Jewish baker and his young Muslim apprentice.
  • Apples From The Desert on October 19 at 8 p.m.
    This drama centers around Rivka, the only child of ultra-orthodox Jewish parents from Jerusalem, who begins to secretly explore the secular world. This story confronts issues of tradition versus modernity, and the question of whether these two generations can reach reconciliation.
  • The Other Son on October 20 at 6 p.m.
    This drama is the tale of two young men – one Israeli, the other Palestinian. Joseph, an 18-year-old preparing to join the Israeli army for his mandatory military service, lives at home in Tel Aviv with his parents. A blood test for Joseph’s military service reveals that he’s not their biological son. During the Gulf War, Joseph was evacuated from a clinic along with another baby, and the pair were accidentally switched at birth. While Palestinian Joseph went to Tel Aviv with the Silbers, their actual Jewish son, Yacine, was brought to the West Bank by an Arab couple, Said and Leila. The revelation turns the lives of the two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, values, and beliefs.
  • Mr. Kaplan on October 20 at 8 p.m.
    After fleeing Europe for Uruguay during World War II, Jacob Kaplan built a quiet life. Now 76, he begins to question his worth. After learning of a mysterious German prowling the shores of a nearby beach, he becomes convinced that he’s found a Nazi in hiding and plans to expose him.
  • The Outrageous Sophie Tucker on October 21 at 2 p.m.
    The rags to riches story of Sophie Tucker, a superstar who ruled the worlds of vaudeville, Broadway, radio, television and Hollywood throughout the 20th century. Authors Susan and Lloyd Ecker take you on their seven-year journey retracing Tucker’s sixty-year career in show business. Machele Dill will do a short performance in character as Sophie Tucker after the film. This film is in cooperation with the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at TU.
  • Raise The Roof on October 21 at 6 p.m.
    An international team chases an improbable dream to reconstruct one of the magnificent lost wooden synagogues of Poland. These architectural marvels originated in the small 18th century town of Gwozdziec. Inside the complex log structure, the prayer hall was elaborately adorned with Hebrew inscriptions and brightly painted animals. Eventually more than 200 of these unique wooden synagogues dotted the countryside, until the Nazis burned every last one to the ground. Though neither Jewish nor Polish, two former University of Georgia students mastermind a remarkable effort to rebuild this architectural wonder.
  • To Life on October 21 at 8 p.m.
    Jonas arrives in Berlin just in time to save Ruth’s life. Evicted from her apartment, the sarcastic but warmhearted Ruth, an aging Jewish cabaret singer, saw no other way out than suicide.
  • Once In a Lifetime on October 22 at 6 p.m.
    A dedicated high school history teacher taps into lessons of the Holocaust in an effort to motivate her troubled students in an uplifting schoolhouse drama based on a true story. She tests her multicultural classroom with a unique assignment: a national competition on the theme of child victims of the Nazi concentration camps. The project is initially met with extreme resistance, until a face-to-face encounter with a Holocaust survivor changes the students’ attitude dramatically.
  • The Last Mentsch on October 22 at 8 p.m.
    Born as Menachem Teitelbaum, Marcus Schwarz escaped Auschwitz with his life, only to exterminate his Jewishness. With no synagogue, Jewish friends or family, the hardened old man has done such an effective job of creating a new identity that, when faced with his own mortality, the rabbis refuse his about-face appeal to be buried in a Jewish cemetery in Cologne. Determined to return to his birthplace and establish his ancestry, Marcus enlists the help of Gul, a brash, chainsmoking Turkish woman with a troubled history of her own. The unlikely duo set out on a road trip to a small village on the Hungarian-Romanian border, a journey that will irrevocably change them both.

All viewings and events are at the Circle Cinema (10 S Lewis Ave). Tickets are $10 per film or $70 for a festival pass which allows you entrance to all movies.

Tickets and Festival passes available at Circle Cinema or online at www.circlecinema.com.